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The Twelfth Annual Vero Beach Holiday Gift Guide

The Twelfth Annual Vero Beach Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our 12th annual holiday gift guide!

Gallery Watch

Gallery Watch

A list of Vero Beach Galleries.

In The Spirit of Giving

In The Spirit of Giving

Our Local not for profit organizations are raising funds with fine gifts.

The Whitman Christmas Tablecloth

The Whitman Christmas Tablecloth

By far my favorite family tradition is the Whitman Christmas Tablecloth, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Out of work. Out of food. Out of hope.

Dog Days at the Four Seasons

Dog Days at the Four Seasons

When writer Leslie McGuirk said she thought good manners were “going to the dogs,” her friend Alex von Bidder, the exquisitely mannered owner of the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, quickly agreed – and he had witnessed enough examples of poor taste among the patrons at his dining landmark to know.

Two Men on a Mission

Two Men on a Mission

What is it about growing up in Indian River County that spurred two Vero Beach High School varsity soccer players – one from the class of 1993, the other from the class of 2001 – to pull up stakes with their families and head to Uganda as missionaries?

The Excellent Adventures of Rita Bernstein

The Excellent Adventures of Rita Bernstein

Rita Bernstein is a lot of things, a regular tossed salad of visual artist, educator, singer, storyteller, actress, dollmaker, icon painter, art collector, aromatherapist, chef and caterer.

Bulbs For Southern Gardens

Bulbs For Southern Gardens

Plants, especially evergreens, have long played a role in celebrating pagan and religious events and holidays.

Kings of the Kitchen

Kings of the Kitchen

A man in the kitchen often means one who makes toast and coffee for breakfast, or who is adept at the adjacent outdoor grill charcoaling something as uncomplicated as burgers and hot dogs or steaks custom-cooked to perfection – as long as everyone requested theirs medium rare.

The Sounds of Christmas

The Sounds of Christmas

'Tis the season for glad tidings of musical joy as singers and instrumentalists tune their talents to celebrate this beautiful time of the year.

Holiday With The Hallstroms

Holiday With The Hallstroms

God Jul! It’s a Merry Christmas at Hallstrom House where the halls have been decked, the tree trimmed and the table set.

Florida’s Splendid Little Wars

Newcomers who feel betrayed at our cold snaps also seem to believe that Florida began with coconuts carved into pirate heads and “Wish You Were Here” postcards of palm trees and sandy beaches.